Parliament Budget Session 2022 Highlights: President Kovind lauds Centre’s welfare schemes, says India running world’s largest food distribution drive

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President Ram Nath Kovind addresses the Parliament on Monday. (Photo: ANI)Budget Session 2022 Highlights: Lauding India’s fight against the novel coro

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Budget Session 2022 Highlights: Lauding India’s fight against the novel coronavirus, President Ram Nath Kovind, while addressing the Budget Session of the Parliament, said: “India’s capability to fight Covid-19 was evident in its vaccination program. In less than a year, we made a record of administering over 150 crore doses of vaccine. Today, we’re one of the leading nations in the world when it comes to the number of doses given.”

Addressing the nation ahead of the Parliament’s Budget Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while welcoming all legislators, said the session would showcase India’s economic growth to the world. “In today’s global situation, there are a lot of opportunities for India. This session instils confidence in the world regarding the country’s economic progress, vaccination program, and Made in India vaccines,” the PM added.

The first leg of the Budget Session of Parliament starts today in the middle of a high-octane campaign for Assembly elections in five states. The session starts with the President’s address, which, according to the schedule of the Lok Sabha, will take place in the Central Hall at 11 am.

Half-an-hour after President’s address, the Lok Sabha will sit for the transaction of business. The Budget session is scheduled to conclude on April 8, wherein the first part will run till February 11. There’ll be a break from February 12 to March 13 as the standing committee examines the budgetary allocations.

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With the Assembly elections round the corner, the Opposition is looking to corner the government during the Budget Session. (File Photo: PTI)

Budget session a test for Opposition unity

The first leg of the Budget session, although brief with just 10 sittings, will once again test the unity of the opposition parties given that some of them, including the Congress, are pitted against each other in the five election-bound states. The Trinamool Congress had stayed away from meetings of Opposition floor leaders convened by Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge during the Winter Session but had played a major role in the dharna staged by suspended MPs at the Mahatma Gandhi statue the entire session. But ties between the Congress and Trinamool Congress worsened.

Similarly, the NCP and Shiv Sena too were upset with the Congress for refusing to enter into a seat-sharing arrangement in Goa. In Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party, BSP and Congress are pitted against each other. In Punjab, the main battle appears to be between the ruling Congress and Aam Aadmi Party.

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